The SETUN Conspiracy takes as its subject the SETUN computer, developed in 1958 by N.P. Brusenzov and his team at Moscow State University. Instead of the binary logic of regular computers, it was based on ternary logic. Hunger has created a performative installation which comprises a research archive, a tri-lingual publication, and an information office.
The project’s echo of Cold War complots, secrecy and conspiracy in relation to technology and ideological power struggles, becomes timely in a day and age when information and disinformation are like twisted sisters. Hunger’s play with fact, fiction, and the historical reliability of his source material seem to stab at a current existential angst in relation to data overload and manipulation. It shows us that as technological innovations are fallible, so are history and memory.